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iHealth Keeps Track of Your Blood Pressure


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Lockergnome’s Kelly Clay gets a demonstration of the iHealth blood pressure monitoring system and iHealth blood pressure cuff for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. iHealth works like a standard blood pressure cuff, measuring blood pressure from around your bicep, then charts the data on your iPad or iPhone with an integrated app so that you can track your blood pressure over time. Your iPhone or iPad sits on a mounting stand with a connected blood pressure cuff allowing you to easily sit next to any table top and take your blood pressure, which is recorded to the iPad blood pressure app.

The free app is fairly well-designed with a large central button you press to activate the cuff. After a few seconds, the results (date, time, pulse, and systolic and diastolic numbers) appear in large font on the screen, alongside a flashing graph that shows where you on on the blood pressure scale. Additional features track your history, delete a readout, open the FAQ, and share results via e-mail. The app also calculates your average and compares your risk of hypertension to World Health Organization figures.

The cost for the dock is around one hundred dollars, and well worth the price if you’re someone who suffers from high blood pressure.

Galaxy Music Player to be Unveiled by Samsung During CES

Samsung has now revealed that they are definitely bringing some hot new goodies to CES, 2011. Yours truly is going to get a nice first-hand look at these sweet little music players. I will be live streaming during the event from the Grand Lobby, and plan to grab someone from Samsung so that all of you can see these little babies close-up, as well. The Galaxy Player is based on the success of their Galaxy S phone offering, and is said to come in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB storage capacities.

According to early reports, the Android-based music player packs a lot of punch into a slick-looking device. Features purported on board include:

  • 1GHz CPU
  • 4-inch Super Clear LCD screen supporting up to WVGA resolution (800×480)
  • Wi-Fi capabilities
  • Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity options
  • 3.2 MP rear camera and rear-facing camera for video chatting
  • GPS
  • HD video playback
  • microSD card slot

Of course, the device will also be able to access the Android Market and the Samsung Apps store – all while hiding away a nifty 1200mAh removable battery.

It’s worth noting that Samsung is on track to sell upwards of 10 million Galaxy S handsets – why wouldn’t a music player with similar specs be able to do the same? Many of you out there have been clamoring for something other than an iPod touch which will have many of the same features – yet stay away from iTunes. Could this Android-based device be what you have been waiting for?

What is the Next Big Little Thing?


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A giant orange crate from Reese’s showed up on my door step the other day. You’ll have to watch the video to see what’s inside. We can tell you it’s The Next Big, Little Thing. If you plan to be at CES 2010, be sure to stop by Reese’s booth in the Grand Lobby at Noon PST for a special announcement from Reese’s. I will be streaming live from the Grand Lobby on January 8 and 9.

World's Smallest Windows XP PC


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In this video, usmart Sun Power Technology Limited is showing what they say is the world’s smallest x86 computer. It comes with a 4.8″ screen, an Intel Atom 1.60ghz processor, 512mb RAM, a USB port, Wi-Fi capability, a MicroSD slot, and a removable battery that lasts through 2 hours of Windows XP usage. It should cost below $500 when it becomes available.

When Charbax touched the device seemed to run very hot, and was actually shaking due to the small internal fans. It should be noted that this was a hand-made prototype, so of course all of the bugs are not worked out yet. However, one would hope that things like this are addressed sooner rather than later! In my mind, this device was dangerous to have on display. What if someone would have gotten hurt? I understand trying to get a prototype ready for a big show, but you have to have something that is safe at the very least!

If this little device comes to fruition, is it something you would buy for yourself? What would it take inside of a tiny device that travels well but still has enough oomph to do what you need? If you were to design something like this yourself, what would you put under the hood?

This video was filmed by Charbax during the CeBIT 2010 consumer electronics show in Hannover, Germany.

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HD Web Camera Wants to be Yours


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While covering the CES conference for us recently, Traci was astounded by the new Facevision TouchCam N1. It’s an HD video cam with an embedded H.264 codec chip, and dual microphones! This allows for crystal-clear HD video and superior audio at the same time. This little gadget is the first Skype certified video camera, and works perfectly for all of your video-conferencing needs.

The folks at Facevision believe they have developed the next generation in webcams with this TouchCam N1. It’s a natural extension to video camera users. It’s plug-and-play via USB, so it works on any operating system. This is not only the World’s first Skype certified webcam, it’s also the first HD webcam! It renders in true 720p!

Over the years, Skype has evolved into one of the premier ways to keep in touch with business contacts, family and friends. By using the Facevision TouchCam, Skype users can enjoy HD-quality video conferencing. The picture is so true-to-life that it will almost seem as though you can reach right through your screen and touch the other person!

The camera will be available in early March, 2010, and should have a retail price of around $119.00 USD.

Thanks to Creative for sending Traci the Vado 3 to use during CES!

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Boxee Box Review


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Traci Toguchi covered the 2010 CES for us last week in Las Vegas. She was able to spend a few moments talking to Andrew about the new Boxee Box! The Boxee Box brings all your favorite TV shows & movies from the Internet or your hard drive onto your TV, without needing a computer. Why pay money for shows you won’t watch? Simply use the Boxee Box to watch what you want – on your own schedule!

Boxee is software that is the best way to enjoy all the entertainment you have on the web, or on your home network. This includes your tv shows and movies from Netflix, photos from Flickr, and even music from Pandora!

It won’t be available until second quarter this year, and will retail for about $199.99. When you think of all the money you’re wasting for television programming you don’t watch, that 200 bucks isn’t a bad deal at all!

Make sure you sign up on the website in order to keep up with the developments, and be ready to buy your Boxee Box when they become available!

Thanks, Traci, for all of your hard work during CES!

Thanks to Creative for sending the Vado 3 along for Traci to use during the show!

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What is Ping.FM?


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While at CES last week, Traci Toguchi caught up with John Yamasaki, who is the Community Evangelist for Seesmic. They talked about the fact that Seesmic has now acquired Ping.FM! You have a lot of friends, and they’re not all in one place! With this merger, you can now update 50 social networks using Seesmic+Ping.fm from email, chat, sms, Blackberry, Android, or the web itself!

From Seesmic’s press release:

Ping.fm has more than half a million active users who post daily from any device just by sending an email, a text message or chat – simple tools that existed since the early stages of the Internet are available on all connected devices. This is why Ping.fm is extremely easy to use and access –just send an update and it can touch on 50 social networks!

This is huge news for many of us. Send your status updates to everyone – everywhere! – in just a few seconds. You don’t have to worry about missing an important site, or leaving someone out. Update the sites that YOU choose, and ignore the ones you don’t feel you need.

I don’t know about you, but this is going to save people like me a mountain of time! It’s compatible with virtually any Internet-capable device in the world, so you don’t even need to worry about whether your particular phone or gadget will work. It will!

It’s automagic!

Thanks to Creative for sending Traci a Vado 3 to use during the conference!

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Outdoor Gadget Tech


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Traci Toguchi was in Las Vegas last week, covering CES for us. During the event, she came across a display that Eton had put together, and stopped to find out more. During this interview, Traci is talking with Jonathan Wong, who is an account executive with Eton.

Eton’s Scorpion is a very cool device. It has a solar panel on the top, and a hand-crank on the back. It will help you stay connected, even when no electricity is available. This is perfect for the Geek who loves to go hiking, for instance, but doesn’t want to disconnect from the grid. There’s also a digital radio tuner, and an audio line input, allowing you to play external music devices.

Eton also has a couple of new gadgets available that will help you out… and the Red Cross. The Solar-Powered AM/FM/Weatherband Portable Radio with Flashlight and Cell Phone Charger is a great little gadget. A portion of each sale goes to the Red Cross when you buy these! There is also a high-powered LED flashlight for safety available, as well.

Thanks again to Traci for doing such a fantastic job of covering CES for us! Thanks to Daynah for the camera work during recording, and much thanks to Creative for sending Traci a Vado 3 to use while in Vegas!

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Idapt to Your Gadget Adapters


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While covering the recent CES conference in Las Vegas for us, Traci stopped by the Idapt booth and met up with company founder Jacques Guadamillas. Picking up a box from the table, Traci was astonished! She was certain that they had snuck into her home and taken a picture of the mess of cables and adapters she has lying everywhere. Thankfully, Idapt can help her!

IDAPT allows you to charge several portable devices at the same time, through a simple system of interchangeable tips. To change the tip, press the buttons on each side of the tip and replace it with a different one. It really is that simple to use!

The Idapt comes with several different tips, as well as different-colored bases. You can choose from silver, black or hot pink! I’m thinking the hot pink one might look pretty good here in my home office, don’t you agree?

In any case, stop throwing fifteen different cords in a drawer, or letting them stay scattered all over your desk. Just grab yourself an Idapt, and be done with it!

Thanks, Traci, for all of your hard work – and the awesome inside look! – during CES.

Thanks also to the folks at Creative for sending the Vado 3 to Traci for use in recording during the conference!

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Daynah, iPhone Girl Geek!


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Traci Toguchi was in Vegas last week, covering the CES conference for us. While, there, she hooked up with Daynah, who was kind enough to help record some of the videos. Daynah is a hard-core Geekette to the max, boys… She’s a PHP coder, a gadget junkie and a WordPress guru!

Daynah works for iProng Magazine, where they write about anything and everything related to iPhones. Daynah has been to CES in the past, and was duly impressed this year. As a gadget geek, she was excited by all of the awesome things she got to play with on the floor this year.

Being an iPhone fanatic at heart, Daynah was ecstatic to see all of the goodies on display at CES that all related to the iPhone. She picked up several new things, including something to do with Hello Kitty. I’m not so sure I want to know what that is all about, Daynah!

This year, Daynah is looking forward to Macworld, which is coming up in just a few weeks! Knowing Daynah, I know she’ll be seventh Heaven while she’s there!

Thanks to Creative for sending Traci the awesome Vado3 to use for recording purposes. It made things much easier on her!

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